Mario Figurines and the 3DS Launch Titles!

Over in our Super Mario section at CmdStore, you can find Series 2 of Nintendo’s Collector’s Tin 2-inch figures!

Featuring six new figures to grow your collection, the figures are available as 2-figure tins or snaggable as a 3-tin (six-figure!) set. They’re from Goldie Marketing and make a great addition to any Nintendo fan’s toyshelf! Here they are.

MARIO AND LAKITU

LUIGI AND KOOPA TROOPA

DAISY AND SHY GUY

SET OF ALL 3

And in other Nintendo news, here’s some exciting info from 411 Mania

Nintendo has officially confirmed the launch titles set to accompany the 3DS when it launches in Japan on February 26, 2011. Currently, no Mario games have been announced for launch which is definitely surprising. However, Nintendo has Mario Kart and Paper Mario (working titles) in development and early reports have them slated for a later release date in 2011.

Below are the official launch titles for the 3DS.

* Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS
* Nintendogs + Cats
* Pilotwings Resort
* Pro Baseball Spirits
* Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
* Ridge Racer 3D
* Samurai Warriors Chronicle
* Steel Diver
* Super Monkey Ball
* Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

Just like Donkey Kong…

…This gorilla seems pretty keen on getting its hands on Mario!

At the San Francisco Zoo yesterday, photographer Christina Spicuzza captured five pictures of gorillas playing around with a DSi XL. They later touched a monolith and used the handheld to slay an eohippus.

I kid! I kid! The story here goes that a kid dropped his DSi XL into the primates’ enclosure, and the larger gorilla seen here picked it up. A younger gorilla came over and asked for it, and was refused.

A zookeeper went in and traded the device for a much more useful apple, giving it back to the kid who dropped it. Spicuzza reports that, despite the fall and some gorilla slobber, the DSi XL still works, like a Samsonite suitcase.

Read the rest of this Kotaku article and see more pictures right here!

And, of course, while we’re on the topic of all things Nintendo and its main man, Mario, we’ve just gotten the 2-inch figure set collecting all of of series 1-6 of the Mario toy line! Check it out below, or click here to see the rest of our epic Super Mario collection!

Super Mario Mini Figures: 6-figure Box Set

Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bullet Bill, Bob-Omb and a Goomba make up the new Super Mario 6-Figure Box Set from Nintendo!

Each figure is about 2 inches tall and the clean-cut style and molding of the pieces is great for capturing the looks of Nintendo’s most popular heroes and villains. They’re great for any fan of the games, both old and new, and will not only look awesome when displayed, but pretty much demand to be set up as though they’re all part of a level running across the length of your shelf. In fact, I am going to go ahead and say that I insist you set them up that way.

This box set joins the rest of the Nintendo collection, which you can (and should) check out here.

Mario Kart Wii Figures: Pull-speed and Micro RC toys!

It did seem to take a while, but North America’s finally received the a collection of toys from the massively popular Mario Kart Wii! The Mario Kart Wii figures and vehicles include both pull-speed and RC options and both Mario and the sinister Wario are currently available. The micro remote control Mario is an especially fun choice, including a banana and a red shell to foil any opponents and a spare set of wheels in case that risky driving takes its toll. Definitely a great choice for fans of the game.

Another little bit of good news, though, is the potential arrival of an SNES emulator on the brand new iPad. iSmashPhone shows us through the glory of the classic Super Mario Kart.

Put down the Visine, bunky, your eyes are not deceiving you — that IS SNES Mario Kart running on an iPad, courtesy of emulator guru ZodTTD. So with various iPad jailbreaks already popping up like so many (Mario World!) mushrooms, it may be just a matter of time before you can drop the game ROM and Zod’s snes4iphone emulator onto your pwned ‘Pad and speed away.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Zod’s claiming he created a “legal” (i.e. no-jailbreak-required) version of the emulator, even going so far as to submit it to the App Store:

The build of snes4iphone running on my iPad as seen in the video was actually based on an AppStore app I submitted called “snesty”. Apple quickly rejected it right after pulling the NES emulator. I combined snesty with some snes4iphone features such as using the private API called CoreSurface. I used Apple developer tools and self signed it.

He also promises a version of the emulator that’ll support the iPad’s 1024 x 768 native resolution and even touchscreen controls.

Finally, if you haven’t gotten your hands on what is, after a few years, still #32 on Amazon’s video game list, here’s a link!
Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel

The Nintendo DS Goes 3D

We’ve got a ton of Mario/Nintendo toys available for sale over at CMDStore.com. On top of that, you’ll also find Legend of Zelda and Super Metroid items if you’ve a taste for two of Nintendo’s greatest heroes of the non-plumber kind.

But here’s why I bring it up…(besides employement!)

See, I am and always have been a devoted Nintendo girl. In the face of Microsoft and Sony awesomeness, I have always gone for the PC versions of games like Dead Space or Arkham Asylum rather than give in to temptaion and stray from the Nintendo path. When the Wii came out, I was pretty nervous that the competition would eliminate it, but even if I could admit the Wii’s failings, I was thrilled to see it surge right to the top on its own ingenuity. And as you might imagine, I’m always pleased to hear about the success of the DS, which is not only my favourite handheld ever, but seems to have proven itself as the world’s favourite.

They haven’t strayed far from the original formula. They came out with the DS, then the streamlined DS Lite, then the DSi with a camera, now the DS XL with a screen 93% larger than the DSi. But now, Nintendo seems poised to revolutionize their own device by releasing the upcoming Nintendo DS 3D.

Here’s the story from PC World.

Nintendo says it’ll release a 3D version of its DS handheld gaming portable. We learned that much from Nintendo’s official press teaser this morning. But according to Japanese newshound Adriansang, several mainstream Japanese sources are weighing in with claims of tantalizing supplemental specs.

For starters, Nikkei believes Nintendo’s new 3DS will include a stick (a thumbstick?) used to manipulate objects in 3D. Add vibration-feedback to the roster, designed “to communicate attacks and strikes to the player.” Nikkei claims Nintendo nabbed patents for both technologies (presumably in a 3D context) last year.

Expect the 3DS’s integrated wireless to speed up as in the new model, probably to 802.11g. The current models have 802.11b WLAN chip (11Mbit/s), and while 802.11n can handle blazing speeds notwithstanding bottlenecks, 802.11g (54Mbit/s) would be plenty fast.

Look for a battery life boost as well, perhaps a return to DS Lite levels–the newer DSi only lasts about 9 hours on average, versus 15 hours for the DS Lite.

And in a move sure to grab Apple’s attention, the 3DS may include an accelerometer, i.e. a “tilt sensor.” Apple’s iPad and iPhone also employ this technology. Of course we already heard about this back in January.

Japanese news site Daily Yomiuri believes the system will use a Sharp 3D LCD panel that places an additional layer over the screen to create the 3D effect per slight differences in the image seen by either eye. If accurate, that sounds a lot like 3D screen technology previewed at CeBit.

But what about viewing 3D on a tiny handheld device?

According to Nikkei, the 3DS’s screen (singular in the Adriansang report, though this could be a translation error) will measure less than 4 inches, corner to corner.

Imagine viewing a movie like Avatar in 3D on the PSP. Would you really care about the 3D effect in a screen space that small? Remember, we’re talking about a screen that’s typically positioned a foot or more from your eyes. It’s not like a Viewmaster, which can do full stereographic field of view imaging because it’s held directly up to your eyes.

So in summary, here’s what we know: Nintendo says it will release a 3D version of its DS handheld in Japan by March 2011. Full stop.

Here’s what we don’t know, but wish we did: Will the resolution be higher? Will the processor be dramatically faster? Will it use Nvidia’s Tegra 3D chip as previously speculated? Will older DS games be natively processed or emulated? Will it still have two cameras? Will they be any sharper than the low-quality pair in the current DSi? What sort of audio system will it use? Will one or both of the screens be touch-sensitive? Will we still use a stylus? And most importantly: Is the new model meant to be a stepwise family increment, like all the DS’s, or is it a completely new family, like the leap from the Game Boy Advance to the original DS?

And here’s what we don’t know, but some are claiming: The new model will include a 3D control stick, rumble feedback, faster wireless, better battery life, a single (or is that pair of?) slightly-less-than-four-inch LCD(s), and an accelerometer.

Oh, and Nikkei thinks it’ll actually ship 2010 (in Japan, anyway) and not 2011.

Super Mario: Super Size, Mini-figures and Keychains

I was finally able to finish Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, which I wrote about not too long ago (find that entry here) and it’s genuinely one of those intelligent, entertaining RPGs that I was sad to see end (though the game’s close is definitely worthwhile). While I wait for the next entry into the franchise, though, I can perhaps take comfort in the newest arrivals to our Super Mario Toy collection.

Once again, though, Bowser is underrepresented. What’s a Koopa King gotta do to get a couple figures? If Donkey Kong makes the cut…

But anyway, here are the three new lines we’ve just gotten: Keychains (series 1), Mini-Figures (series 2) and Supersize 9-inch figures. Take a look!

KEYCHAINS!


The Keychains can be purchased alone or as a set of six, which includes Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Toadstool, Princess and, for some reason, Donkey Kong. I know he was there at the beginning, but since Bowser’s really taken over, all I ask is that he get some action figure play.

MINI-FIGURES!


This is the second wave of Mario minifigs and it includes two new Mario and Luigi figures, Princess Daisy, Shy Guy, Lakitu and a Koopa Troopa. Each one stands about 2 inches tall, but the sculpting definitely makes them worthy of a place on your toyshelf. They don’t suffer at all from the distortion so often seen in little items.

SUPERSIZE FIGURES!


Standing at 9 inches, these might not seem Supersize compared to most 12”+ toys from other collections, but given that the alternative is a mere 2 inches, this 450% increase suddenly seems impressive. Find Mario, Luigi and Yoshi in this PVC set.